The nation’s leading summit for colocation, telecom and cloud infrastructure transformation will open its doors to 600 senior business and technology professionals on October 21-22 at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas for DCD’s Fifth Annual conference and exhibition.

This year, the agenda will explore how the market drivers and societal trends of digital everything, everywhere, anytime are placing unprecedented strain on the builders of digital infrastructure to streamline planning, and cut construction time whilst balancing capital expenditure.

Turnaround times are dwindling in the face of 'new build' growth

“The wholesale market can mean chasing quick turnaround and short building timescales but once delivered, the projects are stable, even though wholesale customers can appear to be fickle,” says David Liggitt, Founder, datacenterHawk.

“There are providers who are giving up the opportunity to attract a small enterprise customer, because they are going after the bigger one. We haven’t seen [hyperscalers] order 10MW and then pull it out two years later.”

Liggitt will be moderating a keynote panel discussion on the evolving ownership of digital infrastructure at the event.

When quizzed about the importance of hyperscale business to colocation providers, Equinix’s Vice President of Design Engineering Craig Pennington said “we have a long term relationship with a number of the hyperscalers and we don't want to lose them if their requirements in a certain market grow beyond what we can deliver, hence the [creation of our] hyperscale product offering. The hyperscale team is a recognition of the increasing importance of hyperscale players and their very exacting and different needs to our retail customers and our desire to continue our relationships with them.”

Pennington will be speaking at the event on modular and multi-story construction.

Industry heavyweights join speaker line-up

The two day conference will also look at the evolution of digital infrastructure to meet the demands of 5G communication; energy procurement and hedging strategies; innovation of energy storage; the impact of automation of data center operations; and more - with insights from Microsoft, AT&T, Digital Realty, RagingWire, QTS Data Centers, Sabey Data Centers, Cyxtera Technologies and many more.